Ocean Lake Grant 2022-2024
The LWRCD received a water quality grant from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture to reduce sediment contribution to Ocean Lake. Funds will be available for best management practices such as bank sloping, vegetation, water gaps, and fencing.
The district will help pay for the materials while the applicant is responsible for the insulation of the project. All projects must be approved before the start of the project. Contact our office if you would like to receive financial help on your project. Or fill out the application form attached below and send it to our office.
Well Water Testing
LWRCD provides free well water testing for citizens in our district. We offer three different tests: One for just Bacteria, the second for Bacteria, Fluoride, Hardness, pH, Total Dissolved Solids, Nitrogen, Nitrate, Nitrite, and Metals, and the third for Livestock Suitability. For a full list of what’s tested, please call our office.
Please refer to the “Resource Enhancement” page of our website and view the Analysis Cost-share document for specifics on cost-share funding for this program.
Test kits can be picked up at our office.
|We will be testing on:
|April 17, 2024
|May 15, 2024
|October 16, 2024
Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms
The LWRCD together with the Popo Agie Conservation District and Dubois Crowheart Conservation District have been working with WDEQ on plans to monitor Boysen Reservoir and it’s tributaries for Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms (HCBs) and nutrients. The HCBs tend to grow in the warm summer months when water levels are low. Some HCBs can be harmful to humans and pets.
To follow HCBs advisories check out Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms (wyohcbs.org). You can sign up to receive updates on HCBs and advisories on their website.
Listed Impaired water sources
There are three waters in the district that are currently considered impaired by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. The district has been conducting water quality monitoring on all three waters through grants from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture.
Muddy Creek—listed as impaired due to E.coli from Boysen Reservoir upstream to the Wind River Indian Reservation boundary
Poison Creek—listed as impaired due to E.coli from Boysen Reservoir upstream for two miles
Ocean Lake—currently on the WDEQ Category 4 waters which means that the lake is impaired or threatened for a warm water fishery due to sediment and a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) was written.
The district sponsored five Emergency Water Protection Projects through the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Three were designed to help stabilize the bank of the Big Wind River when high water threatened the lives and homes of five families, when the Little Wind River threatened an irrigation canal and when the Big Wind River threatened lives and property.